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by newtown united. i met with them in my office in washington and then again last night in newtown. and i think that we are at a historic moment. >> how will we know? what will we know if it's different? at what point can citizens say it's taking too long or the nra is slow walking this stuff again? it seems to me every time we say it's going to be different also, that's another similarity. >> we had that same conversation after columbine, which i covered. we had that same conversation after aurora and all the other ones in between. same conversation. >> remember that the first gun assault law, assault weapons law took five years to pass. it was first proposed in 1989 after the stockton shooting and senators metzenbound and feinstein worked on it five years. i'm determined, i'm committed. but the president is absolutely right, that the american people have to stand up. i'll tell you what also is different. i've talked to a lot of these families and i am so impressed by their strength and courage and they say to me we want to be there. we want this work to go forward. >> cnn reported last
right. that's how as a society we will be judged. >> washington today the united states senate observed a moment of silence for the 20 children and six adults who were murdered here in newtown, connecticut, on friday morning. >> i now ask that the united states senate observe a moment of silence for the victims of the sandy hook elementary school tragedy. >> but united states senators are not being silent now about gun control. they are already taking up the challenge. president obama issued when he spoke to the grieving newtown community here last night. >> we can't tolerate this anymore. these tragedies must end, and to end them we must change. we will be told that the causes of such violence are complex and that is true. no single law, no set of laws can eliminate evil from the world or prevent every senseless act of violence in our society, but that can't be an excuse for inaction. surely we can do better than this. in the coming weeks i'll use whatever power this office holds to engage my fellow citizens from law enforcement to mental health professionals to parents and educators i
friday in an effort to start healing. and begin moving forward. it will be a long time before newtown finds a sense of normalcy. but this unspeakable tragedy has united the town, the state of connecticut, and the entire nation. together we must work together to ensure that tragedies like these never happen again. joining me now is reverend boise kembell. board member of the national action network. he'll be leading a vigil and prayer service for the victims in connecticut tonight. i will also be speaking at the vigil. reverend, thank you for joining me. >> thank you so very much, reverend sharpton. it's a delight to be here and share with you tonight. >> how can we turn the outrage of this tragedy into political action? you lead the baptist convention there. you work with faith leaders from all kinds of religion. how do we turn the moral outrage into political action that will address the laws that can help to lead to solving situations like this? >> i think reverend, sharpton. we come here tonight in newtown to stand in solidarity with this community. we have reached out to the entir
, but at the same time, i'm hearing from people here in newtown, particularly people in law enforcement, you know, i come to this issue and this place with a career in law enforcement 30 years as a federal prosecutor, united states attorney, as well as state attorney general for 20 years and my colleagues in law enforcement say to me you have to do something about assault weapons, high capacity magazines, both very instrumental in this crime and so there is a sense of helplessness but also a sense of mission that citizens on the streets, in the churches, are saying to me, we need to do something. it is a call to action. >> and do you feel that same call to action? because we've had a lot of these. i mean there was a young girl that died in tucson in the gabby giffords shooting, a lot of people that died, but a 9-year-old i think that died in that. we had a baby killed in the aurora theater. and this is sort of horrific beyond imagination because there's so many young people. we've heard this before. and there is -- you know, there are people saying wait a minute, can we not do anything just as a kne
, enough is enough. we heard from chris murphy, senator-elect and the current represent from newtown talking about the community and how they have responded in this small town as the president of the united states said it has been inspirational in terms of how they have dealt with this tragedy from everything from the first responders arriving on the scene to the teachers and administrators and the way they executed the plan that saved lives and who put themselves in the way of the assassin to save the lives of children. we are resolved in our caucus that the time to act is now and that we know taking no action is to be complicit to a future event. we announce today that we will have a task force that will serve to coordinate all of our efforts. we know that this is a comprehensive issue. we know that it is not just restrictions that need to be placed on guns but also the issues of mental illness, the culture of violence, and youth violence specifically. members of our caucus from carolyn mccarthy to grace napolitano to bobby scott and countless others who have been working on these
not want to comment on the memories and the mourning people of newtown, which i am very respectful of. today is one of sadness for me. i hope to honor the memory of those victims by what we do in the united states congress. they as much as anybody in the whole country, their families loved ones and friends are calling for action. >> can you name any g.o.p members beside scott brown, who have come forward to support any kind of gun control? >> not at this time, but i have not had the opportunity to talk with them yet, either. >> president clinton called you. i wonder if you can elaborate a little bit more on what he said and what you have asked him to do. >> he was talking about back in 1993 with the bill. interestingly enough it was introduced and passed within the year of 1993. it went into effect in 1994. he was president. the white house came alive. he was a very, very helpful and enabling the passage of that bill in the senate and the house. to have him part of the team again is really quite special for us. >> an agreement on that? >> there is not yet unanimous agreement. i talke
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